Westside schools:
Bijou School car wash fundraiser

       The Bijou School will hold its annual Fall Car Wash Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Pikes Peak United Methodist Church parking lot, 2927 W. Pikes Peak Ave.
       Also available will be hot dogs, chips, sodas and water for a “while-you-wait” lunch, Principal Kathryn Presnal said. She added that “proceeds from the car wash and concessions will benefit our students.”
       For more information, call Bijou at 328-7900.
       Classroom Champion
       Ann Yenne from West Elementary School has been selected as one of only 28 teachers around the country to participate in Classroom Champions, a nonprofit organization that pairs “high-need” classrooms with athletes from the United States Olympic team.
       Mary Allison Milford, a member of America's silver-medal wheelchair basketball team at the 2006 world championships, will be a mentor for the 23 students in Yenne's class, according to a District 11 press release. Students will interact electronically with Milford, a member of the University of Alabama women's wheelchair basketball team who is training for the 2012 Paralympic Games in England. “Through blogs and live video chats, the class will learn about goal-setting and gain digital literacy as they engage with Milford throughout the year,” the release states.
       “Having a role model who has achieved greatness is something that not many people experience,” said Yenne, a fourth-grade teacher who has previously taught physical education. “With the summer Olympics coming soon, my students will have a greater understanding of why the competition is so important. This is an exciting opportunity!”
       Classroom Champions was founded by 2010 Olympic four-man bobsled gold medalist Steve Mesler.
       Classroom Champions targets elementary and middle schools where at least 50 percent of the students are eligible for free or reduced- price lunches. West's is close to 78 percent, according to District 11 figures.
       Boettcher teachers
       Two Coronado High teachers were recently honored in the Boettcher Foundation Teacher Recognition Awards program.
       Doug Hugill and Sandra Holmes each received a $1,000 grant for a school program or project.
       They had been named by Coronado High's Boettcher scholarship winners from the Class of '11, Scott Von Thun (Hugill) and Roya Mirhossaini (Holmes). The students were each asked to name a teacher “who has made a significant contribution to his growth and education and impacted his life,” a press release states.

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